SOUNDING BOARD

Observe, for parable, how sounding boardIs cut, assembled, fashioned to affordThe maximum and optimum of tone.Remember that piano strings aloneYield no such full and resonant vibration.Note well the skill, the patience of creation.Where special spruce is planed and ribbed and crowned,Is braced and fitted, so there may resoundAt concert artist's probity of touchA prompt and principled profusion suchAs chronicles in all its rich appearingIts own composer's ample inner hearing.

And likewise pause and ponder how the WordRead at the Sunday service is not heardIn all its ample power and vividness.In all its penetrating love, unlessChurch-comers furnish for the Sunday reading,From daily proof by proof in week preceding.From Lesson-Sermon lived in daily act,A sounding board of demonstrated factWhereby each fervent passage finds its ownArticulate integrity of tone.A sounding board firm-fibered for unsealingFull resonance expanding into healing.

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MUSIC IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCHES
January 10, 1953
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